Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Is Sox Mound Talent As Good As We Think?

Top RHP Prospect Matt Barnes
There's been a lot of talk lately about how well-stocked the Red Sox organization is with young starting pitching. Even we here at FenwayNation have commented on the bevy of young mound talent—particularly after the Punto Trade—in the Sox farm system. However, as true as this might be, MLB.com—for the third straight yearfails to rank any Boston system right-hander in their top ten right-hander list. The list is topped by Baltimore hurler Dylan Bundy and Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker. So, no Matt Barnes, no Allen Webster, no Rubby De La Rosa, no Brandon Workman. All of these right-handers rank among the Top 12 prospects in the Sox organization—but none of them cracked the MLB list of Top Ten Right-Handers. Most of the Sox hurlers were drafted around the same time as those on the MLB list (2010 or 2011)—although the two plucked from the Dodgers system (Webster and De La Rosa) were drafted even earlier. So, maybe we're overvaluing our right-handed pitching depth—which could push that "next great Red Sox team" even further down the road.